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The Thirtieth Year [stories]

Ingeborg Bachmann, translated from the German by Michael Bullock and with an introduction by Karen Achberger
The Thirtieth Year [stories]
ISBN: 978-0-8419-1069-0
1995/191 pages/LC: 87014846
Distributed for Holmes & Meier Publishers
"[A] complex, finely wrought collection.... Imaginative and evocative.... This powerful book could well become a classic."—Publishers Weekly

"[Bachmann's prose] is acute and moving."—The New Yorker

"Ingeborg Bachmann was a writer of genius."—Mary Gordon, New York Times Book Review

"Bachmann's voice is rare and strong—strong enough to transport us to a new domain of fiction."—Los Angeles Times


From Karen Achberger's Introduction:

"The seven stories of The Thirtieth Year are not narratives in the conventional sense. They are rather moments of reflection, lyrical impressions, monologues, and tightly composed images to suggest a radical rebellion against that ‘worst of all possible worlds' in which the protagonists find themselves. After a prelude ... in which a childhood of fearful obedience is recalled with quiet, dispassionate aversion, the six following stories break open to life’s moments of crisis, of coming-of-age (for which the year thirty is symbolic) in the face of truth or the realization ... that there is no truth. In all the stories there is a yearning for renewal, for another order, for 'salvation,' which at times takes on mythic proportions, and which, though glimpsed for a moment, is clearly unattainable."


Ingeborg Bachmann (1926-1973), a native of Austria, is acknowledged as one of the most gifted writers of twentieth century German literature. Her eclectic body of work included poetry, opera librettos, the novel Malina, and a second collection of short stories, Three Paths to the Lake. The "first lady" of the renowned Group 47, her influence extended to such major writers as Günter Grass, Uwe Johnson, and Christa Wolf.